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February 2010

Welcome to the ProSim Newsletter of information related to ProSim software, R&D and service activities. All previous releases of this newsletter are available in our archive page. Additional press releases are available on our press page.
For any information on ProSim activities, please contact us.

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In this issue
- New model in ProSimPlus: Solid Oxid Fuel Cell (SOFC)
- Plotting residue curves with Simulis Thermodynamics
- LPG recovery with ProSimPlus
- ProSim invests on modeling to serve green chemistry
- S. Déchelotte elected vice chairman of IEP Group
- Upcoming training sessions calendar
- Meet ProSim at the following events
- Join the ProSim Users Network group on LinkedIn
- ProSim's Alternative solutions make their way around the world
- About ProSim

New model in ProSimPlus: Solid Oxid Fuel Cell (SOFC) Top
ProSim, recently integrated a solid oxid fuel cell (SOFC) model in its steady state process simulator ProSimPlus.
This module establishes accurate mass and energy balances of the electrochemical cells stack that constitutes the battery core. The reforming part is simulated using separate standard reactor module. In addition to the outlet stream characteristics (temperature, pressure, flowrate, enthalpy, composition…), the SOFC module also calculates many parameters including in particular the consumption rate of the fuel, the energy efficiency, the real electric power or the air channel.

More information
ProSimPlus Page

Plotting residue curves with Simulis Thermodynamics Top
Residue curves map are a graphical mean to visualize the separation possibilities and constraints of azeotropic ternary systems. Simulis Thermodynamics provides a service for the calculation and the plotting of this type of curves.
A new document in the "Getting Started With Simulis Thermodynamics" series is now available. It presents step by step instructions to spot ternary system azeotropes, identify stable and unstable nodes as well as saddle points and to plot distillation frontiers and residue curves.

It is to be noted that this service is also available in any software in which Simulis Thermodynamics is embedded, in particular ProPhyPlus 2 and ProSimPlus.

Download the document
Simulis Thermodynamics page

LPG recovery with ProSimPlus Top
A new ProSimPlus application example is available for download on the ProSim web site. It is a process of LPG recovery from a gas mixture with a propane refrigeration loop. This process is particularly inter-connected and includes several recycling loops.
Additionally, beside the implementation of the absorber module (acting as the deethanizer) and of the refrigeration loop, this process uses the plate fin heat exchanger module of ProSimPlus, an advanced unit operation. This type of heat exchangers can include many different hot or cold streams which renders the modeling and the associated calculation particularly complex.

Download the example
ProSimPlus Page

ProSim invests in modeling to serve green chemistry Top
The MEMOBIOL (Modélisation à l'Echelle MOléculaire pour les BIOraffineries Lignocellulosiques – Molecular Scale Modeling for Lignocellulosic Biorefineries) project, led by IFP (Institut Français du Pétrole), focusing on molecular modeling applied to lignocellulosic biomass (wood residues, cereal straw, forestry waste) has been selected by the ANR (French National Research Agency) as part of its 2009 "Chemistry and Processes for Sustainable Development" call for projects. In addition to IFP, the project brings together six partners from the academic world (Armines -École des Mines de Paris CEP/TEP-, ENSTA-ParisTech -École nationale supérieure des techniques avancées- and LIMHP -Laboratoire d'ingénierie des matériaux et des hautes pressions-), and the industry (Materials Design and ProSim).
MEMOBIOL aims to develop new modeling and calculation technologies capable of reconstructing the physicochemical behavior of molecules derived from lignocellulosic biomass. Unlike hydrocarbons, these molecules belong to a variety of complex oxygen compound families requiring appropriate modeling tools.

Full press release

Stéphane Déchelotte, CEO of ProSim, elected Vice president of SFGP’s IEP Group Top
Stéphane Déchelotte was elected Vice President of the IEP (IT and Process) group of SFGP (French Process Engineering Society) during the group members meeting that took place on January 12, 2010, at Nancy’s ENSIC University. The chair of the Group is held since January 1st 2010 by Xuan Mi Meyer, Associate Professor at the ENSIACET University and researcher at the Laboratoire de Génie Chimique of Toulouse (France).

The IEP Group is open to anyone who has interest in IT applications in process industries. It is not restricted to academics researchers of this domain or to experts from large industrial companies. Topics are covered in an understandable way and often bring practical answers to issues encountered by SMEs or process engineering companies. If you feel concerned by topics like process modeling, simulation, optimization or control, feel free to join the group or to attend one of the forecoming meetings to know more.

Full press release

Upcoming training sessions calendar Top
You wish to strengthen your competencies in process simulation? Every year, ProSim organizes several training sessions around its major areas of expertise. Trainees explore numerous issues and case studies that allow them to familiarize themselves with chemical engineering fundamental techniques. The fields covered include steady-state processes, batch chemical reactors and distillation columns, optimization of power plants, utilization and programming with Simulis software components, etc...
Detailed programs and dates the next training sessions as well as registration forms are available on ProSim's website: http://www.prosim.net. The number of participants is limited, therefore we invite you to register as soon as possible.

We also remind you that these scheduled training sessions are now part of the new MUTS (Maintenance, Updates, Training and Support) agreements. Companies that benefit from such contract can register free of charge as many employees as they wish (within available seats for each session) to the scheduled training sessions associated with the software covered by their agreement. The same applies to universities and public research centers within the framework of software license agreement for teaching or academic research purposes. To check if your company benefit from these new options, review your agreement or contact us: [log in to unmask].

Training session calendar

Meet ProSim at the following events Top
ProSim is regularly involved in scientific events (congress, symposiums, exhibitions) in its fields of excellence: chemical engineering, energy, CAPE... Our participation takes various forms (conference, posters, sponsorship, exhibition booth...) and we make sure that you have a chance to meet our experts and to better know our solutions.

Our participation in the following events is already scheduled:

JEEP'10 March 24 to 26 in Montpellier / France
36th Conference on phase equilibria. ProSim will present Simulis Thermodynamics utilization as an open framework for users and developers.

ACHEMASIA 2010, June 1st to 4th in Beijing / China
ProSim will have an exhibition booth to run demonstrations on all software.

ESCAPE 20, June 1st to 9th in Ischia / Italy
ProSim will present a case of modeling of a waste gazeification unit and is co-author of a publication on the eco-efficiency analysis for chemical process design.

On these occasions, we can organize custom demonstrations and private meetings. Make sure you contact us before hand: [log in to unmask]

All events

Join the ProSim Users Network group on LinkedIn! Top
Join the ProSim Users Network group on LinkedIn and connect with other ProSim software users. This groups will keep you informed of the latest changes brought to our software and of the events organised by ProSim and in which you can meet ProSim members. This group is also a place where experience, utilization tips, ideas, and improvement suggestions can be shared among users and with ProSim experts.
LinkedIn is an online professional network, totally independent from ProSim. The ProSim Users Network membership is provided only to ProSim's customers, free of charge and is not subject to any commitment.

You will also find several ProSim members on LinkedIn. Do not hesitate to connect to them to stay informed of their business traveling or to make contact.

ProSim User Network on Linked In

ProSim's Alternative solutions make their way around the world Top
Since our last Newsletter (June 2009), many companies have joined the growing family of ProSim customers. Among them: Affiliated Engineers (United States), Alstom Switzerland (Switzerland), BRGM (France), Dalkia (France), EMI Industries (France), Fundacion Cidaut (Spain), Honeywell (Canada), IAV (Germany), Lamberti (Italy), Nikkiso (Japan)...

It has to be noted that most of these new clients were using other software before switching to ProSim. We are also pleased to observe the spreading of our solutions and services throughout existing customers departments and subsidiaries, with the acquisition of additional licenses or the conversion of local licenses into network licenses.

Furthermore, 220 Universities or Public Research Centers around the world use ProSim's software to train their engineers or work on research projects. Among the new subscribers to our academic program: Promes CNRS (France), Shenkar College (Israel), UCBL IUT Lyon 1 (France), UMR STLO - INRA (France), Universitat de Barcelona (Spain), Université de Bordeaux 1 (France), Zhejiang University (China)...

In total, ProSim has now over 703 customers references in 63 countries.

Our references

About ProSim Top
ProSim provides state of the art simulation and optimization software that allow process industries to increase their efficiency and their return on investment. ProSim solutions are designed for applications in the chemical, the refining, the gas treatment and the specialties chemical industries as well as in the pharmaceutical, the food processing and the energy industries. Its activities also comprise engineering process studies and custom software development. ProSim solutions are used to improve process design, increase plant efficiency and reduce their impact on environment.
Thanks to long term partnerships with major research centers and to substantial investment in R&D, ProSim continuously develops innovative software and has become a recognized player on the international market.
The success of the company comes from the efficiency and the robustness of the solutions and of the calculation packages it proposes, but also from the quality of the services it provides.
The expertise and the know-how of ProSim personnel cover vast domains, including thermodynamics, physico-chemical phenomenon modeling, process simulation, energy integration, optimization techniques, numerical methods, software architecture, and GUI development.

Today, ProSim has now over 700 customers references in 63 countries.

For more information, please visit: http://www.prosim.net


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